Things to Do in Geneva, Switzerland

A boat passes by the Jet d'Eau, Lake Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. rocknrowling
This famous fountain is the trademark of Geneva. Visible for miles, from April to September it throws 132 gallons of water per second 138m (453 ft.) into the air above the lake. Once you've seen the fountain you'll be ready to explore the ancient quays.
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The exterior of the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire on a sunny day, Geneva, Switzerland. MAH, photo: Flora Bevilacqua
A celebration of Western European culture, this is Geneva's most important museum, with displays ranging from prehistoric relics and 12th-century armor, to Swiss timepieces, and art by Picasso, Rodin and Renoir. Take refreshments in the museum's cafe, and don't miss the display of medieval stained glass, taken from Geneva's St. Peter's Cathedral.
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An illuminated fountain at night in Geneva, Switzerland. Frommers.com Community
Wherever you are in Geneva, chances are you'll see that famous Jet d'Eau. But it's not the only fountain you'll find. This Italianate style city is rich with great food, and intimate public spaces like this illuminated fountain in the heart of the city.
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A boat on Lake Geneva, Switzerland. KJS
The Lake, locally known as Lac Léman, is the largest freshwater body in central Europe. In the summer, you'll find kiosks offering sailboats for rent all along the quays. If you're here in June, catch the Bol d'Or regatta, when the lake is virtually covered with white sails.
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The Reformation Monument, Geneva, Switzerland. JJB
Stroll or cycle through the shady Parc des Bastions, dotted with sculptures, and fountains (of course). Pause to play with the giant chess set and to admire the impressive Reformation Wall (Mur des Réformateurs), dedicated to the leaders of the Protestant movement -- John Calvin, Theodore Beza, John Knox and Guillaume Farel.
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